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Calling BS on the Sanctimonious Black Friday Protests

My friend Cristi likes to shop. I do not. She also likes to shop on Black Friday. Again, I do not. It’s not because I don’t like Black Friday – it’s because I don’t like to shop. I can think...Read More
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  • The Gift of “No”

    I’ll open this post by stating for everyone to read: I am not a perfect parent. I’ve been known to yell, fib, over-indulge and occasionally, turn a blind eye.  With all my mothering-flaws, I do believe I’ve figured out something cruc...

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  • Nurturing Genius

    Today, at age 15, Jacob Barnett is recognized as a genius. But when he was two, experts believed he would never even learn to read. It also seemed doubtful that he would speak. Kristine Barnett’s memoir The Spark (released in April 2013) ...

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    Ashlen "the Kidspert" Sheaffer

    Dear Children On A Saturday Morning

    Dear Children on a Saturday Morning,

    I love you. I do truly love you with all of my heart. Just not at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning. I love my sleep then. READ MORE

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  • A Girlfriend’s Guide to Grilling

    What The Flicka? reached out to me earlier in the week to compose a helpful “how-to” grill guide for all of you summer cooks who aren’t confidant with tongs and a lighter. Never fear sister-friends; I’ve got eight of the most import...

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  • Book Review: Full Dark, No Stars – Stephen King

    If you want to be spooked try Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars. Tea pairing: copper knot hongcha black tea....

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    Beth Markley

    Want To See Something REALLY Scary?

    I don’t think I’m ever one to second-guess other parents … until Halloween.

    On All Hallows Eve, I transform into Judge Judge-y McJudgerson.

    I am that mom. The one who cuts her kids off from trick-or-treating about the time they’re elbowing their way into puberty. I’m not following any developmental guidebook, and I haven’t looked up any studies on kids who later needed therapy because their moms put the kibosh on the candy corn prematurely. It’s just one of the many rules I was raised with that I have arbitrarily selected to enforce on my own progeny. READ MORE

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  • Waiting in Line

    So, I got laid off this September because they eliminated my position. Being unemployed I’ve noticed that besides “Do you have a boyfriend” the other topic for discussion is “what are you doing for work?” “Where do you work?” ...

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  • Being A Stay-At-Home Dad

    In 2003, I joined the ranks of the stay at home parent. I had just lost my job and was frantic about finding another. In 2003, my wife and I already had three sons and had just found out that we were expecting our fourth. The thought of not...

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    Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - "Mommy, I Want To Be A Princess"

    “Mommy, I Want To Be A Princess.” Vomit.

    When she was two, she wasn’t yet entrenched into the princess world. And I naively thought, “my daughter really does not dig the whole princess thing.” And I sighed with relief. Then she turned three. And like flipping on a...Read More
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  • ‘Twas The Carnage After Christmas

    ’twas Christmas Day night, And my humble abode, Looked like a toy store had almost explode (ed). The day started off, all shiny and new, With kisses, and hugs, between all the Whos....

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  • Bedtime (Imagined By Kids)

    This is the absolute best way to tell a story. If you ever wanted to see adults acting out a story as told by kids, you’re in luck because its our new favorite thing!...

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    The Checkout Line Makes People Ask Dumb Adoption Questions

    Remember when your teacher told you, “The only dumb question is one you don’t ask.” That is not always true. This is a true story about dumb questions....Read More
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  • Ultrasound Baby Waves Hello!

    It’s pretty amazing to see a baby for the first time using ultrasound. It’s even more amazing when the baby waves and gives a thumbs up!...

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  • Favorite Things: Crock-Pot

    We couldn’t do a Flicka “Favorite Things” series without including our main squeeze, Mr. Crock-Pot. We rely on this life-saver almost everyday. Here’s why:...

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    Help! I’m Turning Into My Mother!

    This is my future. Look at it. Is it a photo of a purse with faux fur on it? Yes, yes it is.

    Is it adorable? Yes, but that’s not the point. And the blinged out phone cover? Also adorable, but also gaudy, no?

    The point is this: I’m turning into my mother.

    Don’t get my wrong, I tolerate love my mother, so turning into her is isn’t a bad thing.
    But so soon? So quickly?

    I figured I’d be at least late 50s before the resemblences started creeping in. Apparently not. READ MORE

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